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Mormon Festival in Williamsburg, New York... California gold...

Item #678324

November 08, 1858

THE NEW YORK HERALD, November 8, 1858  The front page has: "MORMON FESTIVAL IN WILLIAMSBURG", followed by several paragraphs providing details of the festival which make reference to the singing being of a "good old Methodist tone". See images for details.  Also on the front page is: "NEWS FROM CALIFORNIA", which includes an update regarding the gold situati... See More  

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Trip to California... Reports from The Overland Mail...

Item #678323

October 24, 1858

NEW YORK HERALD, Oct. 24, 1858  The front page has over two columns of details headed: "THE OVERLAND MAIL", "Overland Mail Wagon, Near Fort Belknap, Young Co., Texas, Sept. 22, 1858. The article provides significant details regarding a segment of the trip to California, and includes: "The Route from Fayetteville to Fort Smith -- Difficulties of the Ozark Range -- Magnifice... See More  

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Trip to California... Salt Lake City to receive telegraph...

Item #678322

October 14, 1858

NEW YORK HERALD, Oct. 14, 1858  The top of the front page has: "THE OVERLAND MAIL", "TEN DAYS LATER FROM CALIFORNIA", "INTERESTING FROM OREGON", "News from the Seat of War in Washington Territory", and more. News includes the announcement that the telegraph would soon connect Placerville, California and Salt Lake City - ultimately opening communication ... See More  

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Early anti-slavery themed newspaper...

Item #678311

August 17, 1843

NATIONAL ANTI-SLAVERY STANDARD, New York, Aug. 17, 1843  As the title would suggest, an anti-slavery newspaper from 18 years before the Civil War.

Among the articles: "The Dedham Anti-Slavery Picknick" "Letters On Slavery Addressed to American Wives & Mothers" being Letter II; "Mobs" "Fugitive Slave Case" has considerable detail; and there are v
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Buchanan's state-of-the-union address... Latest from the "Mormon country"...

Item #678223

December 28, 1859

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Dec. 28, 1859

* President James Buchanan

* State of the Union Address

Page 3 has most of a column headed: "From The Mormon Country" datelined at "Great Salt Lake City" which provides a rather included update on the events in Utah in recent months. Also on page 3: "The Purchase of Mount Vernon" by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, with ... See More  

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On the John Brown Harper's Ferry invasion... Fugitive slave Columbus Jones...

Item #678220

November 16, 1859

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Nov. 16, 1859

* John Brown's insurrection - invasion - raid

* Harpers Ferry WV West Virginia

Among articles are: "The John Brown Fund" "JOHN BROWN'S INVASION--Expulsion of Strangers" which takes a full column; "Southern Protest Against The Virginia View of Harper's Ferry" taking half a column (some text loss here at the spine: see ... See More  

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Much on the John Brown slave insurrection at Harper's Ferry...

Item #678219

November 17, 1859

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Nov. 17, 1859

* John Brown's Negro insurrection

* Harpers Ferry WV West Virginia

 Inside has an article headed: "JOHN BROWN'S INVASION" which takes over 2 1/2 columns with subheads including: "Personal Portraits--Hon. Andrew Hunter--Charles D. Harding--Judge Parker--Affairs at Charlestown--John Brown's Early History--The Expulsion of Mr. Hoy... See More  

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Much on John Brown & his wife... The Mormons in Utah...

Item #678218

November 18, 1859

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Nov. 18, 1859  

* Mormons in Salt Lake City, Utah

* John Brown's insurrection - invasion - raid

* Harpers Ferry WV West Virginia

This issue has a wealth of content concerning the John Brown slave insurrection at Harper's Ferry, with other items as well.

Articles include: "John Brown & His Wife" "An Interview With Mrs. Brown--Visit of a L... See More  

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Reporting on the John Brown Harper's Ferry insurrection...

Item #678216

November 11, 1859

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Nov. 11, 1859  Page 5 has 1 1/2 columns of reports headed: "JOHN BROWN'S INVASION" "The Case of Cook" with subheads including: "More Precautions--What is the Chivalry of the South?--The Engine Room at Harper's Ferry".

Eight pages, some ink dust to two pages, irregular at the spine causes no text loss.

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Lot of 13 Wash. D.C. from 1856...

Item #678006

December 31, 1856

EVENING STAR, Washington D.C. Lot of 13 issues from the year 1856. News of the day just prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War.

Each issue is complete with 4 pages, loose along the spine, minor wear, a few small tape mends, generally very nice.

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William Walker Nicaragua expedition...

Item #677997

January 08, 1858

THE NEW YORK HERALD, January 8, 1858

* William Walker (filibuster)

* Nicaragua expedition


Page 4 has an article with heading: "The President's Message on the Seizure of Walker--The Old and New Filibusters" (see)

Other news of the day just prior to the Civil War. Complete in 8 pages, minor spine wear, nice condition.... See More  

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Capture of Pensacola Florida, during the Seminole War...

Item #677921

July 25, 1818

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 25, 1818  The prime content is a detailed report of the capture of Pensacola, Florida during the Seminole Indian war. American forces were led by Andrew Jackson who felt Pensacola was being used by the Seminoles for strikes against America.

Also a very lengthy & detailed report on the death and funeral of General Richard Montgomery.

Sixteen pa... See More  

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A failed slave insurrection in Virginia...

Item #677880
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1802  Among the news reports near the back under "America" is a report which tells of a quelched slave revolt in Virginia which is related to the more famous Gabriel's Conspiracy of 1800. It reads: "A letter from Richmond, Virginia...states that an insurrection of the negroes at Petersburgh, Norway, had been discover in tim
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Fugitive slave Charles Nalle... Rescued by Harriet Tubman...

Item #677805

April 28, 1860

NEW YORK HERALD, April 28, 1860 

* Fugitive slave Charles Nalle

* Rescued by Harriet Tubman

* Slaves - slavery

Page 7 has a notable report headed: "Exciting Fugitive Slave Case in Troy" concerns the case of Charles Nalle, a rather notable fugitive slave. It begins: "At noon to-day U.S. Deputy Marshal Holmes arrested a colored man in this city, named Charles Nalle, ... See More  

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On the eve of war with England...

Item #677787

June 11, 1812

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, June 11, 1812  On the eve of war with England, this issue has some reports relating to our relations with the British. Some articles include: "The Armies - Gov. Hull is to Command the Western Army" "Latest from England" "Indian Hostilities" and more.

Four pages, light foxing, good condition.

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Fund-raising event to support what is now Mount Sinai Hospital...

Item #677753

October 29, 1858

NEW YORK HERALD, Oct. 29, 1858  

* Early Mount Sinai Hospital (Manhattan)

Of special note is a back page article taking three-quarters of a column headed: "The Jews' Hospital" "Dinner and Ball in Aid of Its Funds".

This hospital is now known as Mount Sinai, one of the more notable hospitals in the world. It was dedicated just 3 years previous, with mention in th... See More  

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Some Mormon content... A slave ship off Long Island...

Item #677751

October 12, 1858

NEW YORK HERALD, Oct. 12, 1858  The front page has: "Affairs in Utah" with page 4 having a more brief account: "News From Utah".

The back page has most of a column headed: "The Slave Trade" "The Case of the Ship Haidee--Testimony for the Prosecution Continued".

Eight pages, some minor margin tears and chipping, good condition.

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Wealth of interesting Mormon reports...

Item #677749

October 04, 1858

NEW YORK HERALD, Oct. 4, 1858  Page 5 has nearly three-quarters of a column headed: "Interesting From Salt Lake City--Our Fort Kearney Correspondence" which is followed by more: "The Governor on a Pleasure Excursion--The Street Fight of Williams and Grant--A California Mail Destroyed by Indians--Murder of Emigrants--Col. Lander and the Wagon Road, etc."

Eight pages, nice ... See More  

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The infamous General William Walker...

Item #677746

November 26, 1858

NEW YORK HERALD, Nov. 26, 1858 

* William Walker (filibuster)

* Nicaragua expedition

Near the top of the front page is a brief report on: "The Slave Trade" followed by a report: "Commodore Spaulding's Arrest of Walker".

This latter item concerns the infamous General William Walker, who organized several private military expeditions into Mexico and Central ... See More  

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The history of gold mining thru 1858... Slavery in South Carolina...

Item #677743

December 27, 1858

NEW YORK HERALD, Dec. 27, 1858  Fully one-third of the front page is taken up with: "OUR GOLD MINES" "The Gold Crop of the United States for Twenty Years" which offers a nice synopsis of gold mining thru that time.

Page 4 has: "the Purchase of Cuba--Mr. Branch's Bill..." and: "The African Slave Trade Question in the South Carolina Legislature".

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The Fraser River gold rush...

Item #677742

December 28, 1858

NEW YORK HERALD, Dec. 28, 1858  

* Fraser Canyon Gold Rush

* British Columbia River

Page 2 has a report: "The Fraser River Gold Mines" concerning the golf rush in British Columbia. 

This is followed by: "Affairs in Oregon" which mentions the New Perces Indians.

Eight pages, good condition.... See More  

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The French surrender Alexandria...

Item #677737

October 22, 1801


* Capitulation of Alexandria

* French expedition of Egypt

This "extra" edition--published outside the regular printing schedule to get historic news into the hands of the public quickly--notes on the front page, with a dateline of "Head-Quarters, Camp before Alexandria, Sept. 5, 1801" fro Egypt, includes: &... See More  

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King of England's announcement of the Treaty of Amiens...

Item #677735

October 17, 1801

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, October 17, 1801  Most of the front page is taken up with: "By the King, A PROCLAMATION, Declaring the Cessation of Arms, as Well by Sea as Land, Agreed upon between His Majesty and the French Republic, and Enjoining the Observance thereof."

This is the King of England's formal announcement that the Treaty of Amiens had been signed on October 1 and ... See More  

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America prohibits the importation of slaves (1807)...

Item #677725
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, March, 1807  Under: "Abstract of Foreign Occurrences" is a brief yet notable report: "The American Congress has passed a bill for the abolition of the slave trade, by a majority of 24---the numbers being ayes 73, noes 49." This refers to the significant "Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves" which was signed into la... See More  

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From the deep South with slave related ads...

Item #677645

September 10, 1854

THE NEW ORLEANS DAILY DELTA, Louisiana, Sept. 10, 1854

* Rare antebellum publication

* 3 slave advertisements

News of the day with several advertisements including 3 slavery related ads on page 2..

Four pages, various news of the day, a little wear, generally nice.

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The Thirtieth Street Murder...

Item #677590

October 28, 1858

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Oct. 28, 1858

* The Thirtieth Street Murders

* Murderer Francis A. Gouldy, Jr.

The top of the 1st column of the front page has one column headings that include: "Terrible And Appalling Tragedy" "Murder most Foul and Unnatural" "A Night Of Horrors" "Assassination of a Whole Family by a Son" "The Murderer Blows his Brains Out&... See More  

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1856 Mammoth Cave passage discovery...

Item #677501

August 11, 1856


* Mammoth Cave - Kentucky

* Discovery of another passage

Page 5 has an article headed: "Mammoth Cave--The New Discoveries" See image for text here.

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, nice condition.

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William Henry Harrison for President ad...

Item #677484

December 18, 1839

THE ATLAS, Boston, December 18, 1839

* William Henry Harrison for president

The masthead includes a nice engraving of a heraldic eagle.

Page 2 has graphic embellishment which heads: "For President, WM. HENRY HARRISON, of Ohio - For Vice President, JOHN TYLER, of Virginia.

Four pages, very nice, clean condition.

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Fort Laramie Treaty... Fugitive slave law & lynching law...

Item #677419

October 30, 1851

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, DC, Oct. 30, 1851  Page 3 has: "The Treaty with the Prairie Indians" noting: "The Treaty was concluded and signed by the Commissioners and Indians on the 17th September. It guaranties to the latter the payment of $50,000 annually, in money or goods, for fifty years, upon their faithful compliance during that time with the terms of the treaty.... See More  

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!854 Treaty of Kanagawa... Japan...

Item #677400

July 17, 1854

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, July 17, 1854

* Convention of Kanagawa Treaty

* Japan-US Treaty of Peace and Amity

The front page has one column headings that include: "From Washington" "The Japan Treaty Ratified" "The Treaty between the United States and the Empire of Japan" (see)

Complete with 8 pages, light foxing, generally nice.... See More  

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First of this title we have discovered...

Item #677316

May 16, 1813


* Rare publication

A quite rare title which lasted but 51 issues, this being issue no. 19, done by John Drakard, an English newspaper proprietor, publisher, and political radical, imprisoned for his journalism.

Eight pages, never-trimmed margins, 10 1/4 by 15 1/2 inches, full red tax stamp, very nice condition.... See More  

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Item #677312

September 25, 1802

THE SUN, London, England, Sept. 25, 1802  A famous and quite successful newspaper from the very early 19th century. Red tax stamp at the top, four pages, great condition.

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Quite rare satire newspaper...

Item #677309

January 14, 1843

THE PENNY SATIRIST, London, Jan. 14, 1843  A quite uncommon British newspaper notorious for its scandalous allegations and exposés.  

The front page features an illustration headed: "Twelve Night Characters; or, John Bull Enjoying His Repose." showing various devil characters. Other satirical reports.

Four pages, nice condition.

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Uncommon and decorative title...

Item #677301

January 15, 1803


* Rare 19th century publication

I am not sure we've ever offered this title before. Two nice engravings in the masthead and a partial red tax stamp at the top.

Mostly British reports including an account of a mutiny.

Four pages, close-trimmed at the bottom affects some of the last lines at the bottom of the pages. Oth... See More  

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Treaty of Fontainebleau ends Napoleon's reign: banishes him to Elba...

Item #677266

June 19, 1814

BELL'S WEEKLY MESSENGER, London, June 19, 1814

* Treaty of Fontainebleau (1814)

* Napoleon Bonaparte's exile to Elba

* End of his rule as Emperor of France

 A quite historic issue as a full column on page 6--one-third of the page--is taken up with the Treaty of Fountainbleau, ending Napoleon's reign of Emperor of France, and banishing him to the island of Elba.

It is head... See More  

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From Sam Houston, the day before his victory at San Jacinto...

Item #677265

May 20, 1836

THE GLOBE, Washington, D.C., May 20, 1836  

* Sam Houston - Texas Revolution

Page 3 has a report headed: "Texas" which includes a letter signed in type by: Sam. Houston dated at San Jacinto, April 20, the day before his famous victory over Santa Anna there.

He mentions in part: "...the army reached this point & was the army of Santa Anna...he withdrew h... See More  

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Much on California, and the Gold Rush... Death of John C. Calhoun...

Item #677159

April 06, 1850


* John C. Calhoun Death

* California Gold Rush

 Over half of the front page is taken up with a very detailed account of the life of: "John C. Calhoun" who died just 6 days prior. Page 5 has: "Death of John C. Calhoun" followed by: "Funeral Services of Mr. Calhoun".

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Abraham Lincoln ventures towards Washington, D.C...

Item #676949

February 26, 1861

NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 26, 1861 

* Abraham Lincoln prepares for inauguration

Among the front page heads are reports concerning the new administration of Abraham Lincoln and the coming Civil War: "Passage of the Bill to Discontinue the Postal Service in the Seceded States" "Movements of the President Elect" "Visit of Mr. Lincoln to the Capitol" "The Late... See More  

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Death of the printer & a proprietor...

Item #676867

December 05, 1811

AMERICAN & COMMERCIAL DAILY ADVERTISER, Baltimore, Dec. 5, 1811  A typical newspaper of the day with various news and a wealth of advertisements.

All four pages have wide black mourning rules due to the death of the printer a proprietor off this newspaper.

Page 2 has mourning rules above & below the report: "Obituary" which begins: "Died on Tuesday the3d inst. at 6 o&... See More  

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Panama... Diamond mines... Stephen A. Douglas on slavery...

Item #676822
HARPER'S NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE, New York,  September, 1859  This issue contains "Something About Diamonds" which takes 12 pages and contains many illustrations on mining and cutting. Also included are: "Tropical Journeyings - Panama" (which includes content and an image related to General Morgan's capture of Panama along with several other related prints of Old... See More  

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Nice report on the Black Hawk Indian War...

Item #676117

August 08, 1832

NATIONAL GAZETTE & LITERARY REGISTER, Philadelphia, Aug. 8, 1832  

* Black Hawk War

Page 2 has a report on the Black Hawk War, a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk Indian leader. This was the war in which Abraham Lincoln was an Illinois militia soldier, although he saw no combat. 

About half a column has several reports... See More  

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Huge & graphic political ad...

Item #676111

March 12, 1814

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 12, 1814 

* Great Caleb Strong illustrated ad

The front page is dominated by a very large engraving of a ship, part of a political notice in support of Caleb Strong for governor. Note that the flag on the tallest mast bears his name with political slogans on the other flags. Much text as well.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, very decorative, nice ... See More  

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First print of an American President in a periodical?

Item #676080

November 23, 1844

THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, Nov. 23, 1844  

* 1st illustration of a U.S. president in a periodical

The front page begins with an article: "The American Presidency" carrying over to page 2, with some interesting commentary on the American democratic election process including; "...almost the only remaining instance of the elective principle applied to creating t... See More  

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Three double page prints, one circus-related...

Item #676065

October 20, 1860

NEW YORK ILLUSTRATED NEWS, Oct. 20, 1860  There are 3 fine double page prints in this issue including: "The Brothers Hanlon, The Bold Gymnasts and Acrobats..." which has 9 prints of their acrobatics, and names of all 6 brothers. A great circus-related double page print.

Then a dramatic: "Loss of the British Steamer 'Connaught'...Her Passenger gets & Crew Numbering ... See More  

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Beginning work on the Washington Monument... Nauvoo, the Mormon city...

Item #676063

January 08, 1853

ILLUSTRATED NEWS, New York, Jan. 8, 1853

* Nauvoo, Illinois - Mormons

* Washington monument

A short-live newspaper which preceded the first issue of "Harper's Weekly". This is the volume 1, number 2 issue. P.T. Barnum was a "Special Partner" in this publication.

The front page shows: "The Late Collision on the Mississippi--Loss of the Steamer Western World&quo... See More  

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American (Know-Nothing) Party candidates: front page portraits...

Item #676059

March 15, 1856

LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, March 15, 1856  Taking most of the front page is a nice patriotically embellished portrait of the: "American Candidates For President And Vice-President", being "Millard Fillmore Of New York" for President, and "Andrew Jackson Donelson, Of Tennessee" for Vice-President.

Page 2 includes a brief textual sketch of "Millard F... See More  

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Very first use of the term "Bleeding Kansas"...

Item #676049

September 13, 1856

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Sept. 13, 1856  

* Origin of the expression "Bleeding Kansas"

This issue contains a notable first mention of a term which would come to define the conflict within the country in the years just prior to the Civil War, and indeed, would help lead to the divide that would take another 9 years and tens of thousands of lost lives to resolve.

"Bleeding Kansas... See More  

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Battle of Waterloo: with a diagram...

Item #676042

August 15, 1815

WEEKLY AURORA, Philadelphia Aug. 15, 1815  

* Battle of Waterloo w/ diagram (rare)

* Duke of Wellington vs.Napoleon I

Concerning the famous Battle of Waterloo, the second page of this issue has a detailed report headed: "French Account Of The Battle."

The report takes about 1 1/2 columns on the second page and continues on next where, is a 6 1/4 by 2 3/4 inch diagram showing... See More  

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Japan visits the United States... Arctic expedition...

Item #676040

June 09, 1860

NEW YORK ILLUSTRATED NEWS, June 9, 1860  Not just the front page but several pages inside have prints concerning the visit of the Japanese Ambassadors to the United States and the White House. 

Also within is an article: "Correspondence Between Heenan and Sayers", the famous boxers of the era. And several prints and an article concerning the Arctic Expedition, including a prin... See More  

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First American railroad publication...

Item #676024

February 02, 1833

AMERICAN RAILROAD JOURNAL, New York, Feb. 2, 1833   This is a very early issue of the very first American periodical on railroading, having begun the year prior.

The best feature of this newspaper is the great and very early engraving of a railroad train in the masthead, showing an engine with three cars. Note the simplicity of the train, but keep in mind this is from the formative years of ... See More  

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